The coronavirus situation

Information and advice about the coronavirus situation from Norwegian authorities.

Ministry of Agriculture and Food

Olaug Vervik Bollestad (CDP)

Minister of Agriculture and Food

The Ministry of Agriculture and Food has chief responsibility for food policy and agricultural policy. Agricultural policy covers land utilisation, agriculture and forestry, reindeer and other animal husbandry, and development of new agriculture based industries.


A strategy for viable populations of wild bees and other pollinating insects

National Pollinator Strategy

The Norwegian Governments National Pollinator Strategy is now available in english. The strategy has been developed by the Norwegian Ministry of Agriculture and Food, in collaboration with the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment, the Norwegian Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation, the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications, the Norwegian Ministry of Defence, the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research and the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy.

The Government's Bioeconomy Strategy

The Government's Bioeconomy Strategy is now available in english. The strategy was developed in a collaboration between the Ministries of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Agriculture and Food, Climate and Environment, Education and Research, Local Government and Modernisation, Petroleum and Energy, Transport and Communications and Foreign Affairs.

News from the Ministry

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Seed security at the UN Food Systems Summit

05/07/2021: In September 2021, the UN Secretary-General will convene a Food Systems Summit and a Pre-Summit is planned for the last week in July. In this connection, Norway has proposed the game-changing idea Putting farmers’ and indigenous peoples´ access to crop diversity first, in seed policy and practice for seed security. The proposal is a collaborative effort by Norwegian government agencies, research institutions and civil society organisations.

Seed boxes from many gene banks and many countries stored side by side on the shelves in the Seed Vault.

New shipment of seeds to Svalbard Global Seed Vault

03/06/2021: This week, more than 30,000 additional seed bags from five continents were deposited for safe storage in the seed vault on Svalbard. It is the largest seed deposit since the pandemic was confirmed.